Orbit Analyst/Flight Dynamics Engineer- Top Secret Clearance Required (Satellite/Space Systems)Colorado Springs, CO

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

This Orbit Analyst/Flight Dynamics Engineer position is located in Colorado Springs, CO and will perform the following functions:

  • Create software tools for orbit determination, orbit propagation, maneuver generation, and space domain awareness

  • Develop and maintain a suite of high-fidelity orbital simulation tools

  • Generate simulated orbital engagements

  • Integrate external simulation environments into internal simulation environments

  • Orbit determinations to specify tracking system parameters, define the orbital state, and predict orbital events

  • Analyses of satellite and constellation access, coverage, lifetime, and additional trade studies

  • Maneuver planning and optimization analyses

  • Propellant budgeting analyses, on-orbit fuel requirements, and mission lifetime estimates

  • Satellite rendezvous and proximity operations planning and analyses

  • Participation in mission rehearsals to simulate orbital analysis tasks performed in operations

  • Operational support for orbit transfer and station keeping maneuvers

  • Additional duties may include requirements development, writing complex specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities. May be called on to assist in New Business activities such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies and may include authoring sections for both.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Engineering, Physics/Astronomy, Computer Science, or related field, plus 9 years in satellite astrodynamics analyses (orbit determination, ephemeris generation, perturbation analysis, maneuver planning, and error analysis), mission planning and design.

  • Understanding of issues in scientific and numerical computing and developing simulations of physical systems.

  • Strong understanding of physics and mathematics.

  • Experience with software systems, development environments, or programming languages is required.

  • Must have US Citizenship with current or active Top Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. with 7 years of experience in satellite astrodynamics analyses (orbit determination, ephemeris generation, perturbation analysis, maneuver planning, and error analysis), mission planning and design.

  • Ph.D. with 4 years of experience in Engineering, Physics/Astronomy, Computer Science, or related field plus 7in satellite astrodynamics analyses (orbit determination, ephemeris generation, perturbation analysis, maneuver planning, and error analysis), mission planning and design.

  • Strong computing skills with familiarity with Python, Systems Tool Kit (STK), Matlab, TypeScript, C#, C/C++, Fortran.

  • Experience simulating electro-optical telescopes, radars, and RF sensors.

  • Experience with Linux/Unix (especially remote computing environments).

  • Experience developing, training, deploying, and analyzing artificial neural networks (deep learning).

  • Experience with Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO).


Salary Range: $97,500 - $146,300

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.